It is lucky I write things down as already I had forgotten things I did last Friday and Saturday and I had got the new week off to a good start!
Over the weekend I started some card making. With three rose books to use and my supplies it was easy to make up sets of themed cards.
I made almost thirty so I can package some up as gifts and use others myself for Birthdays etc. Now that cards have gone over $10 to buy this is even more of a saving then ever as they are under a dollar to make.
Being colder I did lots of cooking. I had a spaghetti sauce cook up then I made Lasagna and Pasta Bakes. I gave two Lasagna to Allie as she cleaned our gutters and this was our trade. She was happy!
I put one in the freezer for Chloe when she comes which is today!
I cut up a big pumpkin and added sweet potatoes and onions and made soup.
Then I froze single serves. I add Turmeric to my soups now for added benefits.
I made pink playdoh with purple glitter for Harper.
The crockpot helped again with a leg of lamb. Just now a leg of lamb is a good buy. It goes into the slow cooker with as many veggies as I can get around it. Some thyme, some mint jelly and pepper.
Later in the day when things have cooked down a bit there is more room and then I add peas, broccolini etc. This was beautiful and made several meals.
I made 21 banana cup cakes. A dozen went with me to see the girls.
Out came the endlessly recycled cake toppers!
I taught Harper the art of getting extra icing sugar by tipping your are upside down and dipping it into the icing on the tray. She caught on quick to this...
This occupied a good half hour of baby sitting time!
I made up some essential oil rollers for Lucy who is now rather interested too. I am fining my supplies are giving me both gifts and trade-able items too! To someone starting out having someone to make a blend or a roller is a skill and helpful to them. So that was fast, I knew nothing and now I can help others get started!
I always study every catalogue that comes in the mail. This finds me some amazing things! This week a Supermarket up the road had pork roasts for $3.99 a kilo and around here I haven't seen prices like that for years. So on Wednesday (which was the first available day) off I went. They were great. I mentally calculated my freezer space and Mums! I stocked up. When I got them loaded in the car I felt like in the IKEA add where the lady shouts "start the car! start the car!" lol
A couple of weeks ago I turned my $50 voucher into $150 free hair care. Every time I go to Coles I notice they have still been clearing shampoo, conditioner and hair lines. Yesterday as usual I checked and it must be coming to an end as now they had some great brands for $1. The new lines are out on display and things have gone up dramatically. I got Shampoo and Conditioner for Chloe that in their new packaging are now $15 each. I paid $3. I got some for Andy that is also now $15 each and paid $2. There were many that are around $8 and I got them for $1. I stocked up. I refuse to pay $15 for a shampoo! With my docket at home I worked out my savings.... $287!
When Chloe gets here today I have some for her, they are luxury products and she has waist length hair... so happy!
I am counting $100 also for making and sending all work lunches and drinks.
I haven't added up my Vicky Challenge yet. I have all my numbers and I need to add up the last few weeks!
Today Chloe is coming and we are going to a wedding dress fitting!
Then tonight Chloe and Luke are having dinner with us. As I will be out most of the day I have Lamb Shanks and potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato and onions in the slow cooker. Tonight I will just steam some greens and dinner will be ready. The weather is cold! This will be a good meal. For Lamb Shanks I just pour over a jar of tomato pasta sauce... it miraculously becomes a rich gravy. Done!
How did you save, get ahead and build up your home this week?
Have a wonderful weekend. xxx